If you haven't heard, the latest Republican to jump in bed with Mitt Romney's suggestion to write off 47 percent of Americans is Pennsylvania's very own voter ID kingpin, state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe.
On the topic of voter ID, he told KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh on Wednesday: "As Mitt Romney said, 47 percent of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors' hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need."
And just when you thought state House GOP Leader Mike Turzai couldn't stick this state's Republican foot any farther in its mouth over voter ID, in goes the heel.
Seriously, folks, when will it be enough to call this law and its defense by Republicans for what it really is -- systematic disenfranchisement?
Victims. Lazy. 47 percent. Those are riotous and foul words associated to millions of Americans and delivered by common bullies posing as lawmakers. When did we start tolerating this sort of language in the defense of public policy?
But I digress.
I have been working for months to educate Philadelphians about the voter ID law. I can tell you that some of the people who need help acquiring ID are working too hard right now in this economy to just zip on over to PennDOT for an ID because Republicans say "jump."
Some of these people have moved recently, have utility bills in other people's names, never had a birth certificate, or don't have transportation or money for it.
Some are disabled and have had their critical services cut. Many more across Pennsylvania are members of The Greatest Generation who lack a strong enough support network to get them to the nearest licensing center when it's hours away.
Are they lazy, Mr. Metcalfe?
I think not, but I still believe those are the Americans for whom we elected representatives must fight hardest.